Give your deck a beachy feel with these design ideas

23 May, 2014

There's nothing more relaxing than unwinding on a sandy beach while the waves crash in front of you. The good news is, even if you don't live by the sea, you can still achieve that coastal vibe with the right design ideas. Here are a few beach-inspired design tips for your patio:

Use coconut palms
The patio is the perfect space to show off beautiful flowers and plants. But in order to set a beach-like tone, consider using blooms you would find at the beach. Implement lush greenery like a coconut palm plant, a hibiscus flower or brightly hued orchids. Use them to dress up your pergola, or place them around the fireplace to create a beachy focal point on your patio.

Have appropriate seating
The beach is a setting that's focused on relaxation. You can encourage guests to unwind by offering a chaise lounge by the poolside or next to the fire for a spot to relax when the sun goes down. Always have plenty of comfortable cushions on chairs and swings as well.

Opt for a fresh color palette
Everything about the sea evokes a certain freshness. You can achieve that same vibe on your patio using a color palette willed with crisp whites, sky blues and seafoam greens. Stick to an all-white scheme, adding in pops of color here and there using area rugs, wall decor, cushions, decorative pillows and dinnerware. You can also use bright patio umbrellas to create a lively focal point.

Install a firepit
Once the sun goes down at the beach, people head to the sand to have the perfect summer fire. Do the same right on your patio by installing a firepit, which will keep your patio functional all year long. Be careful about where you place your firepit, however. Keep it away from wood surfaces and instead, place it on concrete, stone, gravel, brick or slate for safety purposes. Even the simplest of firepits offers a warm and inviting ambiance that sets the perfect mood for summer evenings. Have roasting sticks, marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers on-hand for a sweet summer treat everyone will love. Surround the fire with plenty of seating to create a cozy spot for your guests to gather.

Decorate with stripes
Patterns can liven up your patio and add character to the space. Consider using stripes as your design of choice – they're nautical in nature and always pair well with a seaside theme.